A Word on Wireless


A Word On Wireless

Wireless technology is amazing! We might not be going too far to argue that wireless technology represents a benchmark in our technological evolution as a culture. “We don’t need wires anymore!”

Well…yes and no.

How Much Bandwidth?

When explaining wireless networking we like the “pipe” analogy. Think of the wireless network in your home like ONE 2” pipe. Every device that is streaming data across that network is occupying a portion of available space in that pipe. The more you are streaming wirelessly, the slower the data moves through the pipe as it becomes more congested.

Why a Wired Connection – When Available- Is Better

Now each physical connection to your network (ie. Wallplate where you plug in a network cable) is also a pipe, but each network wire becomes its own 4” pipe. And no matter how many devices connect to your network with a wire, each network wire becomes it’s own 4” pipe.
For this reason, as technology integrators we are compelled to emphasize the limitations of wireless while the rest of the world sings its praises. Don’t misunderstand – We love wi-fi! We are tech geeks, of course we do! We just know it has limitations.

What We Can Do To Help You Stay Connected

When it comes to creating a network infrastructure in your living space, maximum bandwidth speed is our primary goal. We accomplish that by installing abundant wired connections. We view wireless networks as viable backup technology when a wired connection is unreasonable. That being said, when we are able to participate in the design process of your project, making network connectivity amply available becomes our responsibility. We like to put network wires just about everywhere (and sometimes we even just put the wire in the wall in a room -with no plate- just in case!)

And here are a few reasons why…

  • 1. Category cable is cheap! Foot for foot, Cat-5e or even Cat-6 cable is one of the least expensive wires you can run in your home.   
  • 2. Network wiring infrastructure denotes future readiness. Internet based media is the way forward, plain and simple. The days of CD’s and DVD’s are numbered.   
  • 3. Streaming media is the future. In a very short time, most or all of our media will be sourced exclusively in the internet.   
  • 4. We can send lots of other types of signals across Cat5 or Cat6 cable. We can use category cable to send audio, 1080p video, or even infrared signals.